Liverpool are considering an approach for Arsenal target Javi Martinez in the summer transfer window, according to the Mirror.
The Bayern Munich star can operate as a centre-back and also a defensive midfielder. His versatile style of play has seen him being linked with a move to the Emirates as Arsene Wenger is keen on signing the Spaniard for Arsenal.
The Merseyside club conceded more goals this season, which resulted in losing the title to Manchester City. Brendan Rodgers is keen to set things straight at Anfield and is looking to strengthen Liverpool's back four.
The report claims the former Swansea boss sees Martinez as a centre-back and is looking to boost the Reds' defence by making an approach for him. The 25-year-old was not in the original list of targets for the Northern Irishman who is now preparing a move for him in the summer.
Martinez joined the German champions from Athletic Bilbao in 2012 and in his debut season went on to win the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and the Champions League to complete the treble.
Pep Guardiola took charge of the managerial role last summer and Martinez has been deployed more as a centre-back than his preferred midfield position. He has seen his appearances being restricted under the former Barcelona boss.
An earlier report from the Mirror suggested that Martinez is unhappy with his life at the Allianz Arena and is considering an exit. Should he decide to leave Bayern, Arsenal and Liverpool could be set for a summer battle in acquiring the Spain international's signature.
Meanwhile, Martinez has played down the recent speculation surrounding his future after admitting that he is happy with the Bundesliga outfit.
"I am just focused on staying on [at Bayern Munich]. I have read the newspapers saying Pep [Guardiola] is happy with my input. I believe the club is also delighted about my services," Martinez told the German newspaper Bild.
"I have had great conversation with the authorities. We have never spoken about leaving the club. If the club is wanting me to stay on, I will stay on. And this is what I expect the club to be out for."